Heidi Zak, CEO ThirdLove

Heidi Zak (left) and Ra'el Cohen, founders of ThirdLove. With so many shapes, sizes, and needs, the process of creating a flawless bra bubbled up a number of challenges, one of which was moving beyond the brick and mortar experience and developing better bra sizing and fit without ever meeting the woman in person.
Avid Victoria's Secret enthusiasts and critics alike have voiced their disappointment, one of the most angered being ThirdLove co-founder and co-CEO Heidi Zak, who took a full page ad in the New York Times to pen an open letter to the lingerie brand.



Let's exceed their expectations.” Then, in case it wasn't already clear, she spelled it out: ThirdLove is the antithesis of Victoria's Secret.” The entire campaign seemed designed to show how woke, how feminist, how very different ThirdLove was from traditional bra makers — and it worked.
Too much padding, not enough padding, uncomfortable under-wire — ripping off that ill-fitting bustiere for the umpteenth time can make you throw your hands up and shout WHY ISN'T THERE AN APP FOR THIS?!” Well, thanks to ThirdLove , there now is, and consequently the experience can be a lot less harrowing.

That's something that really resonated with me, and when you think about how that applies to the company here, I think I also have expectations that people ask a lot of questions, own their own journey… And I think those are really important pieces of running a successful business as well.
But more than 30 percent of women are in between standard cup sizes—and they are all too keenly aware of it day in and day out as they uncomfortably tug at their bra straps. I walked out of the store with a bra that didn't really fit, and I had that pink-striped bag in my hand and I took it and stuffed it into my backpack because I was embarrassed to be shopping there,” she said during an interview for this story.

Once the company helps customers find their size, it's easy for them to order and reorder. Co-founding ThirdLove has been a rewarding experience for Zak. ThirdLove A screenshot of David Spector's Instagram Story about Victoria's Secret. Heidi Zak says she's on a mission to find the perfect bra for every woman.

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